Taipei--The Bureau of Energy said on Monday that following talks with cinema operators, a trial program will be introduced this summer requiring a designated number of operators to adopt a minimum standard air conditioning temperature in movie theaters, paving the way for a permanent legal measure next year.
In 2014, the Ministry of Economics Affairs (MOEA) promulgated new energy saving regulations that expanded the scope of existing policy to include zero air conditioner leakage, a ban on incandescent lights and a measure that set air-conditioning in offices at 26 degrees Celsius in 20 designated sectors, according to the bureau.
Outlets affected included hotels, department stores, hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores, cosmetics stores, electronics stores, banks, securities brokerages, post offices, metro stations, restaurants and fashion/footwear retailers.
To further reduce air conditioning energy consumption in summer, the bureau held talks with the Ministry of Culture and the National Theater Association ROC in October 2016 about expanding the cope of the air conditioning regulations to apply to theaters, the bureau said.
Currently, there are 109 movie theaters nationwide and the bureau has yet to draft a list of those to be involved in the trial program, it said, adding that an announcement is expected before the end of May. If all goes smoothly the rules should be applied to all theaters next year.
According to the Energy Management Act, operators that violate the air conditioning temperature regulation face a fine of NT$20,000 (US$654) to NT$100,000, the bureau said.
From 2014-2016, 55 operators were fined for violations of the rule, it added.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel